In response, the government used rockets containing the chemical weapon sarin to attack rebel forces together with innocent civilians killing over 280 people and injuring more than 1700. The actions of the government shocked the world and increased attention to the conflict that was going on in the country as no chemical weapon has been used before since the end of the Iran-Iraq crisis. The United States government investigated the issues and a report was published by the United States congress which blamed the government for using the nerve agent chemical weapon against harmless and unarmed civilians. President Obama and his administration showed the willingness to take military actions against the Syrian government either through direct attacks or by providing military aid to the rebels in order to stifle the operations of the government (Blanchard, Christopher, Carlo, and Mary 1).